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I’m David: Garth Ennis, Heroes, & Assumptions

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I'm starting to get the feeling that Garth Ennis doesn't like heroes very much. I don't mean superheroes, either. His ambivalence toward the spandex set is well-established and can easily be taken as read at this point. But heroes? The men and women we've built up to be larger than life and forces for good, immaculately moral and righteous? I'm starting to notice that he's pushing away from that concept in his work more and more often. He treats heroes like we would treat stereotypes or urban legends. He wants to debunk our idea of a hero, and it shows in his work.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Christmas With The Punisher Is Not Exactly Jolly (1995)

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When it comes to Christmas comics, you can't really get around the fact that some characters lend themselves to holiday stories a little easier than others. Superman is essentially built around peace on Earth and goodwill to men anyway, Batman's themes of family and sacrifice are perfectly suited for a bittersweet Christmas tale, and Spider-Man shopping for presents is almost always a good recipe for seasonal comedy.

And

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Guardians Of The Galaxy And Nova Make A Cosmic Comeback At Cup O’ Joe [NYCC 2012]

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The launch of two new books saw the return of Marvel's cosmic titles at yesterday's Marvel Cup O' Joe panel at New York Comic-Con -- but we were told not to think of them as "cosmic" anymore. The panel led by Marvel chief cr

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Coin-Op Classics: Capcom’s Awesome 1993 ‘Punisher’ Game

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Video games based on comics have always been a pretty risky proposition. For every Arkham City, there are two or three Superman 64s out there making life hard on anyone who just wants to punch out super-villains. That's why we here at

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The Uncommon Excellence of ‘Untold Tales Of The Punisher Max’ #2 [Review]

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It's always a pleasure when a comic like this one comes along, and it's been a while, too. With the two big superhero comics publishers doubling down on their attempts to transform the ramshackle issue-by-issue chronicles of costumed mystery men and their bizarre adventures into slick franchise-ready "IP," it's becoming harder and harder to invest oneself as a reader in the Marvel and DC universes if you aren't interested in following along with the books' overarching master narrative. I know I'm not

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‘Dirty Laundry’: The Awesome Punisher Fan-Film By Thomas Jane [Video]

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Despite the movie's considerable flaws, I really, really enjoyed Thomas Jane in his role as Frank Castle in the 2004 Punisher movie. In fact, I'd be lying if I said it was anything other than his laconic voice-overs in the accompanying video game that motivated me to read every single Punisher comic I could get my hands on and led me to becoming such a big fan of the character.

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Ask Chris #113: Just What IS A Super-Hero, Anyway?

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: Kinda simple, but how would you define the term "superhero?" -- @the3rdwall

A: You call that one a simple, but trust me, it's one of those questions that only get

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Marvel Launches Frank Castle Into ‘Punisher War Zone’ This October

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Over the past week, Marvel has been releasing teaser images featuring some of their most prominent heroes being... well, shot up, burned to death, and otherwise murdered. It's pretty grim stuff, and it's prompted speculation that they were going to move right into their next line-wide crossover event hot on the heels of Avengers vs. X-Men. T

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – April 18, 2012: The War of Fog

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Arms and armor
^ Crusty Bunkers
% The world before us

* % 3 STORY: SECRET FILES OF THE GIANT MAN
Th

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‘Draw Something’ Batman: Matt Digges Illustrates Every Word with the Dark Knight

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Like pretty much everyone else on the Internet, I've recently become obsessed with Draw Something, a casual game for iOS devices where players are invited to, uh, draw something for another player to guess.Even if it can be intimid

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